Guy Burstein

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Healing begins when we embrace the mystery of life's terrible richness; healing deepens as we embrace our history, looking squarely behind the curtain of remembrance; healing transforms when we embrace possibility, playing with our waking dreams and our potential.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy

My Approach

In my experience, life is better and easier if you have someone that understands you, sees it from your point of view, and helps you navigate through it. A good therapist is like a fellow traveler who journeys with us into awareness, facilitating the insight necessary to heal and grow. I am a passionate facilitator of this process, helping my clients make sense of their lives and relationships, heal what's kept them stuck, explore new ways of being and live richly. The therapy we do is deep and has long-lasting effects, and the changes become your second nature, even after therapy ends.

My Background

Before becoming a therapist, I worked for six years as a welder, four years as a homesteader, and ten years as a political organizer and activist. At age 40, I spent four years finishing my undergraduate degree and earning my Masters degree in Social Work. I've worked for the past 20 years in Portland, first at community mental health clinics and then for the past 16 years in private practice. I completed two years in post-graduate studies in Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis, and advanced training in marriage and couples therapy. I've been practicing meditation for over 25 years and have taught mindfulness meditation to personality disordered clients in outpatient settings.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health
  • Health Net
  • LifeWise
  • MHN
  • MODA
  • Optum
  • PacifiCare
  • PacificSource
  • Regence BC/BS
  • Reliant Behavioral Health (RBH)
  • United Behavioral Health
  • ValueOptions


  • 503-701-1050
  • Website
  • 833 SW 11th Ave, Suite 214
    Portland, OR 97205

At a Glance

  • Experience: 23 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Rate: $150-175/session

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